Our friend Ted Lehmann has posted a very nice overview of the recent IBMA convention in Nashville on his blog.
He titles his piece IBMA – Why You Should Care, and uses nearly fifty of his fine photos to make the point, to wit, that reading online discussions…
“…it’s easy to get the impression that IBMA only gives unsatisfying awards and generates complaints from traditionalists, progressives, neo-proto-pseudo bluegrassers. Instead, what we encountered was a vital organization seeking to increase professionalism, provide opportunities for musicians and promoters to meet and make connections, showcase new and experienced bands, examine the many issues confronting bluegrass music in these difficult times, raise money to support bluegrass people in distress through Fan Fest, and provide a great time for all those who attend. That’s a pretty big agenda, and IBMA fulfilled its goal.”
Ted visited as many of the various World Of Bluegrass Activities as he could, and has photos from the Mentor Sessions, Gig Fair, Exhibit Hall and the official and late night showcases.
He concludes with the statement that titles his piece…
“So why should you care about IBMA? Because it’s about you. If you want to have a voice, IBMA is the place to have it. If you want to learn about the world of bluegrass, IBMA is the place to do it. If you want to luxuriate in an abundance of great bluegrass music from all the schools and strains of the genre, IBMA is the place to hear it. If you want to see your favorites and get a chance to talk with them, IBMA is the place to interact. We’re eager to get on board for next year’s event.”
Read the full piece online.